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Curt C. Silberman Collection

 Collection
Identifier: AR 25124

Scope and Content Note

The collection documents the life and interests of Curt C. Silberman. There are only a few materials related to his life in Germany and his and family's immigration. The bulk of the collection consists of documents and correspondence related to his involvement with Jewish organizations in the US and his visits to Germany, especially his hometown Wuerzburg.

Dates

  • 1930-2001

Creator

Language of Materials

This collection is in German and English.

Access Information

Part of the collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

Readers may access the collection by visiting the Lillian Goldman Reading Room at the Center for Jewish History. We recommend reserving the collection in advance; please visit the LBI Online Catalog and click on the "Request" button.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:

Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011

email: lbaeck@lbi.cjh.org

Biographical Note

Curt C. Silberman was born in Wuerzburg in 1908. He studied law in Berlin, Munich and Wuerzburg, where he received his JD in 1931. After 1933, he could no longer practice law, but he was granted permission to assist prospective emigres in economic and legal matters interpreting the stringent currency legislation. In 1935, he married Else Kleemann. He emigrated to the US in 1938 and practiced international private law in New Jersey from 1948 onwards, after receiving a JD from Rutgers University in 1947. He represented clients in restitution claims and large German corporations in the US and became a honorary trustee of the Leo Baeck Institute New York in 1962. He also served as president of the American Federation of Jews from Central Europe (1962-1986), past president of the Jewish Philanthropic Fund of 1933 (1971- 1987), past co-chairman of the Council of Jews from Germany (1974-1998), and chairman of the Research Foundation for Jewish Immigration. He established close contacts with leading prominent politicians both in the US and in Germany building bridges between Jews and Germans. In 1982, he was the principal guest lecturer at the 400th anniversary of the University of Wuerzburg. Curt Silberman died in 2002.

Extent

8 Linear Feet

Overview

The collection documents the life and interests of Curt C. Silberman. There are only a few materials related to his life in Germany and his and family's immigration. The bulk of the collection consists of documents and correspondence related to his involvement with Jewish organizations in the US and his visits to Germany, especially his hometown Wuerzburg.

Arrangement

  1. Series I: Personal
  2. Series II: Wuerzburg
  3. Series III: Correspondence
  4. A) Personal
  5. B) Business
  6. Series IV: Lectures and Speeches
  7. Series V: Writings, Research and Other Materials
  8. Series VI: Photographs
  9. Series VII: Publications
  10. Series VIII: Clippings
  11. Autographs

Separated Material

Two postcards from Max Liebermann (1919, 1921) were removed to the LBI Autograph Collection.

Several books from Curt Silberman's collection were removed to the LBI library.
Title
Guide to the Curt C. Silberman Collection, 1930-2001 AR 25124
Status
In Progress
Author
Processed by LBI Staff
Date
© 2009
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English.

Revision Statements

  • April 2013:: Links to digital objects added in Container List, Box 1.
  • May 2013:: Links to digital objects added in Container List, Box 2, Box 3, Box 4.
  • June 2013:: Links to digital objects added in Container List, Box 5.
  • July 2013:: Links to digital objects added in Container List, Box 6, Box 7, Box 8.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

Contact:
15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States